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Historical and social studies of computing and engineering
Associate Professor, Engineering Education and Electrical and Computer Engineering
Purdue University

Dr. Jesiek's research interests are focused on the epistemological, social, and historical dimensions of engineering and computing, with particular emphasis on subjects related to engineering education, electrical and computer engineering, and educational technology. He also maintains active research interests related to the global and ethical dimensions of engineering education and practice.

computer history, artificial intelligence
Associate Professor
York University

history of microcomputing
history of semiconductor industry
computer hobby movement

Growth of Silicon Valley

Ex-New York Times journalist now writing a book on the politics of Silicon Valley. Came to the listsrv through Lee Vinsel in discussing the history of the personal computer.

Postdoctoral researcher
Microsoft Research

My research concerns the popular and political cultures of networked personal computing with special attention to myths about internet infrastructure. My recent dissertation traced the popular history of social computing through the dial-up bulletin board systems of the 1980s and 1990s. Currently, I am working on a book project about the technology and culture of the French Minitel system with Julien Mailland from IU/Bloomington. I received a Ph.D. in Communication at the University of Southern California, an MS in Comparative Media Studies at MIT, and previously taught computer science at Prospect Hill Academy Charter School.

College of Arts & Letters, Stevens Institute of Technology

Andrew L. Russell is an assistant professor in the College of Arts & Letters at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey. In 2007 he completed a Ph.D. in the History of Science and Technology from The Johns Hopkins University. His dissertation was titled "'Industrial Legislatures': Consensus Standardization in the Second and Third Industrial Revolutions." He has published articles and book chapters on the history of the Internet, telecommunications standards, and the World Wide Web Consortium. He is working on two book projects. The first is a study of the history of communication networks from the vantage point of standardization. The second, in its early stages, explores how modular principles moved from their origins in the realm of architecture and became adopted by professionals in a variety of fields, including computer science, economics, organizational science, and beyond.

Andrew has a B.A. in History from Vassar College and an M.A. in History from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Before entering graduate school, he worked for two years in the Harvard Information Infrastructure Project at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. In 2007-2008 he was a postdoctoral fellow in the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University.

history of human sciences and history of technology
Assoc. Prof.
History of science Harvard

I'm writing a book called "Database of Dreams: Social Science's Forgotten Archive of How to Be Human" about mid-20th-century experiments in collecting large amounts of "subjective materials" as data and storing it in microform (to be published by Yale Univ Press in Fall 2015). I also teach a class called "Big Data: Past, Present, Future" in my department (a seminar). I found out about SIGCIS because two grad students mentioned they subscribed to it, and the discussions sounded interesting.

Philosophy and History of Science
PhD Candidate
University of British Columbia

As a philosopher: Reception of Logical Empiricism, Nature of Inference (including machine learning and theoretical statistics), Herbert Simon's work on Bounded Rationality and Satisficing, Decision Theory.

Re History of CS: "the" transformation, both technically and sociologically, from AI to machine learning, the nature of CS as a science and broader relationships between engineering and the sciences.

I found SIGCIS by noticing the affiliation of the author who wrote this article:

History of Technology/Digital Technology
Boyce College

Writing on the history of technology.

Historiography of computers and of software
Director of Performance Architecture
Netezza Corporation

Historiography of software; the transition from analogue to digital computing; the relationship between production technologies, hardware architecture and end-use; software production as an engineering discipline; software production as labor; embedded computing; high performance computing.

history of technology / public history
Assistant Professor
University of South Carolina
History of portable computers; computing in the military; early personal computing; companies and user groups in New Jersey
Independent historian
InfoAge Science Center; Mid-Atlantic Retro Computing Hobbyists

I have four primary interests. 1., The history of portable computers. I am writing a book on this subject. 2. History of military computing, particularly in the U.S. Army Signal Corps. 3. How to bridge the gap and advocate cooperation between amateurs (vintage computer collectors/hobbyists) and professionals (computer scientists, historians, journalists, professors). 4. History of early microcomputing companies and user groups, especially in the northeast and mid-Atlantic parts of the United States. In addition, I co-founded and serve as president of MARCH (Mid-Atlantic Retro Computing Hobbyists Inc.) which is a non-profit user group. MARCH operates a grassroots computer museum co-located at the (Wall, New Jersey) InfoAge Science Center and hosts the annual Vintage Computer Festival East.

Modeling and Simulation, Creative Automata
Distinguished Chair of Art & Technology, Professor of Computer Science
University of Texas at Dallas

Modeling methodology for dynamic systems, systems theory and science, aesthetic computing, creative automata, computer science education, history of mathematics and computing
Automata Blog:


Very varied......history, psychical research, early music, archaeology, cetera

consumer credit
Data & Society Research Institute

I am writing a history of commercial algorithms for credit scoring in consumer finance.

Science and Technology Studies
Assistant Professor
Linköping University

I’m an Assistant Professor at the Department of Thematic Studies – Technology and Social Change at Linköping University in Sweden. I work in the research environment ValueS. My primary research interests are in the sociology of science, knowledge, and technology. I have dealt with this question in different ways: by studying the valuation of knowledge in the biosciences, epistemic standards in education, and exclusion in sociotechnical processes. My primary areas of expertise in STS include value practices in science and technology studies, the issue of critical sociology vs. a sociology of critique, actor-network theory (and after), large scale bioscience, technical infrastructures and standards, and epistemic aspects of educational technology.

Computing and biology
Assistant Professor
Nanyang Technological University